On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where she used to live.
Suddenly, Summer is a candidate for student council, trades her t-shirt and jeans for mall-brand clothes, and throws a party for her entire grade even though she didn’t invite a single guest. Everyone wants Summer to be someone other than herself, including the super-popular Suri who Summer hopes will be her new best friend. There’s Mara who wants Summer to forget about competing with her for third base when softball season comes. And Summer just wants to avoid Dink and Anna even though she has more in common with them than she wants to admit.
But when Mara discovers how Summer’s family made their millions, and threatens to tell the whole school, Summer needs a friend more than ever. Can Summer fit in AND stay true to herself?
My Review: I loved this book. Summer is such a fun character and it is great to meet another Cubs fan. Summer learns what it is like to win the lottery and to take chances in life. There's a chance you could win a million dollars on a Bingo Birthday Bash lottery ticket. Or ten million. Or none. There's also a chance that when you move away from your best friends, you might never find another. Or instead you meet two new ones. Great book for girls 7 - 14
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“Bingo Summer was nicely written, kept your attention, and is a great book to have in a junior high library. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Kathy, Amazon
“Dawn Malone is a great writer whose lively writing style and interesting details make the book fun to read. A charming book that is perfect for middle school girls. ” ~ 5 Star Review, JadeBlue, Amazon
“I loved this book! I thought the author did a fabulous job of weaving a great YA book that readers will remember. Believable characters and just really great writing. ” ~ 5 Star Review, M.Z., Amazon
Dawn Malone is an author and former newspaper reporter. She has written on a wide range of subjects, from a creole cooking school in New Orleans to award-winning irises in a Wisconsin greenhouse. Writing those articles and working other odd jobs over the years – cake assembly line worker, yogurt seller, substitute teacher ? helps her develop the quirky characters that populate her stories. Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, the Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids edition, and Highlights for Children. When she’s not writing, Dawn loves hiking when someone else carries her backpack. She lives in central Illinois.